Archive: Exhibition: Un-Buildings. Erik Smith





Berlin-based, American artist Erik Smith was an AIR – ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Niederösterreich guest from April to June. During his residency in Krems, he focused on developing a series of sculptures and real-time audio transmissions around the concept of “dead space,” e.g. the unused and largely invisible areas between adjacent building floors or exterior walls. By giving perceptible form to peripheral or absent spaces, Smith subtly calls into question what is ostensibly and presumably given and real, and draws attention to the subliminal, hidden, or even “repressed” dimensions of such spaces and places.

Under these spatial-archeological precepts—with a focus on the non-visible, the present-absent—Smith also explores at Galerie Stadtpark the unseen, hidden volumes, crevices, and gaps of the institutional building in his exhibition Un-buildings. The artist seeks not so much to make what cannot be seen visible but rather to make it tangible and conscious. With Smith, the presence of the unseen—even if subliminal—is paradoxical in that it influences actual perceptions on a latent, more mnemic, and affective level, and thus plays a role in defining the location’s present status and effects.

October 2, 2021, 1 pm

October 3 - November 20, 2021

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